It’s a grim fact that the world isn’t as nice as it used to be. People are ruder, more greedy, more selfish and more violent. And even though those hardback retro books with flock covers and embossed titles look nice, they won’t help turn back the clock. Making a tin-can telephone, skimming stones and whittling wood isn’t going to bring world peace. In fact, the world is only made more dangerous by people making their own bunsen burners and careering down hills in home made soap-box carts. Well, here’s an alternative book for boys – one that teaches us the joy and pleasure of staying indoors, keeping safe and staying out of trouble. Included within is Richard’s hilarious thoughts on home made fun, snooping, wholesome entertainment, good old fashioned adventure, bonding holidays with dad and useful information on the nutters throughout history who have made life much more dangerous for us because of their idiocy.
Richard Wilson is head of comedy for Hat Trick Productions and executive producer of Have I Got News For You. He has also previously worked on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Room 101. His first book for Portico, Can't Be Arsed: 101 Things Not To Do Before You Die (9781906032371) was published in 2008.